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Ganjifa and Aas-Naas are traditional Iranian card games whose history goes back to the 15th century Safavid period. Apparently Ganjifa was similar to Hokm and Aas-Naas to Poker. These hand-painted playing cards are all from the late Qajar period and are made of lacquered papier-mâché.

Iranian Laquer Playing Cards, half 19th century, Iran

Iranian Laquer Playing Cards, half 19th century, Iran

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Brooklyn Museum

State Hermitage Museum

Moqaddam Museum

Ganjifa Cards from Moqaddam Museum, Tehran

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